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Brilliance Autumn Fern

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Brilliance Autumn Fern (Dryopteris erythrosora ‘Brilliance’)Lovely deep green fronds; fiddleheads and fronds emerge copper colored; great woodland and shade garden plant; keep evenly moist

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
18 inches
Average Landscape Width:
18 inches
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Dryopteris
Species:
erythrosora
Cultivar:
Brilliance
Summer Foliage Color:
forest green
Minimum Light:
shade
Maximum Light:
partial shade
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
wet
Plant Form:
arching
Canopy:
closed
Pruning:
cut back in fall
Pollution Tolerance:
medium
Other Species Names:
Japanese Red Shield Fern
Branching:
herbaceous
Evergreen:
1
Density:
dense

Ornamental Features

Brilliance Autumn Fern is primarily valued in the garden for its cascading habit of growth. Its attractive glossy ferny compound leaves emerge coral-pink in spring, turning forest green in color with prominent coppery-bronze tips the rest of the year.

Landscape Attributes

Brilliance Autumn Fern is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

Planting & Growing

Brilliance Autumn Fern will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 15 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone over the growing season to conserve soil moisture. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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